OGLESBY — The IVCC men’s and women’s basketball teams finished off the regular season at home Saturday with a sweep of Olive-Harvey.
The men used a big second half for an 82-77 victory, while the women pummeled the Lady Panthers 77-13.
IVCC 82, Olive-Harvey 77
IVCC coach Tommy Canale felt his team came out fired up for Saturday’s contest with the Panthers.
A little too fired up as Olive-Harvey executed its game plan to perfection with Torey Oliver draining a 3-pointer and teammate Diondre Starks hitting two of his own for an early 9-2 lead.
“I think we came out a little too aggressive or too hyped up,” Canale said. “We practiced well and in warmups, but once we settled down I thought we played well and played our game.”
Princeton graduate Michael Murray continued his solid play as his 3-pointer and pull-up jumper got the Eagles with five points at 21-16.
From there, the Panthers returned to the 3 ball with Oliver’s shot behind the arc extending the Panthers’ lead to 30-18.
The Eagles responded with an 8-0 run to get right back into the contest.
Murray led the charge as he missed the second of two free throw attempts, but his own rebound and then converted an old-fashioned three-point play.
Moments later, Corey McCrary used a spin move and basket to cut the Panthers’ lead to 30-26.
Before the half ended, Starks hit two more 3-pointers and McCrary picked up a three-point play as Olive Harvey led at the intermission 40-35.
The Eagles started off the second half strong using an 8-2 run to cut the deficit to 45-43.
McCrary hit a long jump shot and JoVonn Grifin’s steal and layup led the IVCC attack.
“Credit Olive-Harvey for pushing us out a bit in the first half,” Canale said. “But in the second half, we were aggressive and attacked the paint and that opened up things for our outside shooters.”
Later on in the half, Murray used a strong drive to the basket to tie the game and then St. Bede graduate Alec Schwab finished off a fast-break layup to give the Eagles a 58-56 lead.
Murray helped keep the Eagles out front by hitting a long jumper as did Grifin.
Then McCrary followed with a 3-pointer defense to extend IVCC’s lead to 67-61.
The Panthers were not about to just go away as it was Starks again nailing two long 3-point shots that helped tie the game at 73-73.
Murray then hit a 3-pointer and the Eagles hit enough free throws to take the game 82-77.
Murray and McCrary led the Eagles with 20 points each while Schwab added 19 and Griffin added 14. Murray led everyone with 15 rebounds as well.
IVCC 77, Olive-Harvey 13
The Lady Panthers were at a big disadvantage before the game ever got going against Pat Cinotte’s Lady Eagles.
Olive-Harvey only dressed five players while the Lady Eagles play nine on a regular basis.
Sydonia Daniels had been out for nearly two weeks with a concussion and right away started making up for lost time.
Daniels controlled the boards and then her old-fashioned three-point play gave the Lady Eagles a 10-4 lead.
Miyah Cloutier hit a jump shot to make it 12-7, but that was the last time the Lady Panthers scored for more than 16 minutes.
During that time the Lady Eagles scored the next 51 points to cruise to victory.
Arnisha Thomas’s fast-break layup and a long jump shot from Princeton graduate C.J. Rhodes gave IVCC a 20-7 lead.
“I was really happy with the energy we came out with,” Cinotte said. “In a game like this it’s easy to overlook things, but we didn’t do that. We came out with a lot of energy and took care of things. It was nice getting Syd (Daniels) back, but at the same time we missed Asya Williams (concussion). It would be nice to have a healthy team for once instead of get one back and lose another.”
The Lady Eagles kept things going strong at both ends of the floor.
Brytney Bennett had a strong move in the paint and then Marquette alumna Jessica Jessen finished off a fast break with a short jumper.
IVCC led 44-7 to start the second half and continued to hammer away at the short-handed Lady Panthers.
With 13:55 showing in the second half, a Cloutier jumper ended a 51-0 Lady Eagles run as IVCC led 63-9.
With time running out, Ottawa graduate Kara Kistenfeger drained a 3-pointer and that meant all eight Lady Eagles who played scored as they came away with the 77-13 victory.
Daniels led IVCC with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Thomas added 14 points and Bennett had 13 points and 13 rebounds.
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